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Spring Brings Farmers Markets Back to Park Slope

PARK SLOPE — Home cooks dusted off their asparagus steamers Wednesday as Park Slope welcomed back the farmers market at Bartel-Pritchard Square.

The market will run every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Nov. 27. Popular items on the first day of the market's return included freshly cut asparagus from a new vendor, Goodale Farms, said Jessica Douglas, a regional coordinator with GrowNYC, which operates greenmarkets citywide.

Goodale, based in Riverhead, N.Y., sells a small selection of vegetables, as well as milk, cheese and yogurt from both cows and goats. They'll join Bread Alone, American Seafood, J. Glebocki Farms and Williams Fruit Farm at the market, which is on the edge of Prospect Park near 14th Street.

At the other end of the park, the year-round Saturday greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza is adding new vendors for the spring growing season. Lebak Farm, which sells cut flowers from New Jersey, and Maxwell's Farm are back, and Kernan Farms is expected to return this weekend.

In Windsor Terrace, where locals lost their only grocery store last year, the farmers market at P.S. 154 on 11th Avenue and Windsor Place returns on May 19. The vendor line-up hasn't changed, but shoppers can get rid of unwanted clothes at the market's new textile recycling bins.

The P.S. 154 greenmarket runs on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors include Nolasco's Farm, which carries Mexican specialty produce, and Valley Shepherd Creamery, which sells gelato and other dairy products.